Suggestions News and Updates (November 15th 2020) [closed]

+13 votes


  • I added domain names of the URLs in the Index. You can now search for any domain. You should search for wikitree_com or www_wikitree_com. Endings of the URL are also added to the search engine so is found if you search for www_wikitree_com or wikitree_com or just com. Searching for nl will find all profiles that link to a dutch domain. Field name is Domain so you can refine the search like domain=nl
  • I started to check the links on the profiles. First step is the DNS name. That is the first part of the link like Two new suggestions were added in new section Links.
    • 961 Invalid domain name in link: These are the DNS names, that are not in correct form as defined by standards.
    • 962 Domain name in link not resolved: These are the DNS names, that do not resolve to the IP. Usually it is a typo or the server is no longer available.

Previous News

  • Refined 6x2 to ignore ! for 2 towns with ! in the name.
  • I noticed, that links to WikiTree+ Maps was added to the "Family Tree & Tools" page of each profile.
  • I added a link to Kay (Sands) Knight's Bio Check application on each search result page.
  • Added 602, 632 and 662 - Separators in Location suggestions.
  • Added links to WikiTree+ Maps on Category pages and in WT+ Category Navigator. See: and on Template pages in the Info box and in WikiTree+ search results (Link is in the heading. Look for WikiTree+ Map link). There are also links to WikiTree+ Maps on each profile, that is shown by WikiTree+. See
  • The location table was redesigned, to make it easyer for me to maintain.
  • I added a new magic word: MissingLocation to find profiles without the location. You can also use BirthLocation=MissingLocation or DeathLocation=MissingLocation to find missing locations just in one of the fields.
  • I added Privacy to the search index. You can one of the folowing privacy values to limit the results: Private, PrivatePB (Private with Public Biography), PrivatePT (Private with Public Family Tree), PrivatePBPT (Private with Public Biography and Family Tree), Public And Open
  • I have split the table into 5 smaller ones similar to the WT+ online grouping. You can now jump to each table directly from TOC. Also each table has the totals for that table.
  • Added new suggestion regarding inline references. It is 872 Named Inline citation error. This performs additional checks similar to 871 and 872 but for named references. and just for the additional close tag (/ref). There are some other instances of typos listed here.
  • A new version of WikiTree+ Chrome Extension is published. Latest version is 0.3.6.
  • Spatial modul of WikiTree+ got a new addition. Maps. There are 2 usages of the spatial modul. Tree view is already present for a long time. See more on Help:WikiTree_Plus#Tree_navigator_on_WikiTree.2B and Map view. See more on Help:WikiTree_Plus#Map_navigator_on_WikiTree.2B
  • I added Difficulty rating to suggestions (Easy, Intermediate and Advanced). That identifies the required expirience to resolve a suggestion.
  • Added new suggestion 421 Hidden marriage on public or open profiles. A marriage can be hidden from displaying on the profiles. This is used for additional privacy. But using it on open and public profiels is not its intent. It is causing problems with suggestions, where you don't see the marriage on the profile and have no idea of what is wrong until you enter the edit mode, where you can see the marriage.
  • I added additional checking of template parameters. That was in suggestion 848. I created 4 new ones 894-897 that will cover all parameter problems. In suggestion 897 Error in template parameters I added checking of parameters that link to WikiTree pages. It is done for Categories, Projects, Space pages and Project Needs categories.
  • Added new magic word construct Creator_ + WikiTreeID, SourceJunkUnmergedMatchPendingMerge and templatetext=Andersson to WikiTree+ search engine.


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    in The Tree House by Aleš Trtnik G2G6 Pilot (505k points)
    closed by Aleš Trtnik

    2 Answers

    +2 votes
    I had one of those new 961 suggestions. The info column only said "ark." Every one of the links contained that three-letter combo "ark" so it was necessary to check every link to find which one was no longer working. Could more info be added to narrow down which of the links might be the culprit?
    by Nelda Spires G2G6 Pilot (270k points)
    The text in the info column is immediately after https:// or http:// so you can search for //ark in edit mode to find it.
    Thanks. Yes, I did use the search in edit mode, but, as I said, every one of the links contained the text string "ark" which was the only clue I got in the info column, so I had to check all fourteen of those links. Naturally, it was the last one which was no longer a valid link. But, next time, I will check to see if the "ark" immediately follows the http:// or https://. I didn't know that before, but I know it now. I see it says that on the DBE 961 info page. Should have looked there. Next time, I will also look there first to see if there are any helpful hints.
    I added it to the help page later, since you and others had a problem with it. Just to make it easyer for the users to find it.
    +5 votes
    Thank you!

    I have several 962 that are the full URL copied from an Ancestry citation (most/all obituaries).

    Lesson to all: always include the full citation, not just the URL as that may change.
    by Kay Knight G2G6 Pilot (367k points)

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